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University of Missouri Instructor Charged With Assaulting Student Journalist During Campus Protest


University of Missouri Instructor Charged With Assaulting Student Journalist During Campus Protest University of Missouri instructor Melissa Click is seen here during November campus protests. (YouTube/Mark Schierbecker)

A University of Missouri media instructor has been charged with misdemeanor assault for her confrontations with a student journalist during campus protests in November, authorities said Monday.

Melissa Click, an assistant professor of communications, faces up to 15 days in jail and a $300 fine, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Click was captured on video calling for "more muscle" to remove student videographer Mark Schierbecker.

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Columbia City Prosecuter Stephen Richey filed the charge Monday.

Click also allegedly pushed cameras and ordered journalists covering the racism protests to leave public areas of the campus.

Schierbecker had filed a complaint with university police, who sent it to the city prosecutor's office, the paper reported. The incidents gained national media attention and videos of Click went viral on the Internet.

Click, who is working from home, will keep her job for now.

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A court hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.

“Today Dr. Click has been charged with assault, and not just assault, but assault on a student reporter,” he said. “This is a very bad situation for us all. I want to personally apologize on behalf of the university," said Mizzou Interim Chancellor Hank Foley at a Monday press conference, according to the paper.

Many Republican lawmakers have demanded Click be fired.

University officials say they are reviewing the matter. Click issued no comment about the charge.

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